The threat of inclement weather this weekend may be keeping Arkansas' official visitors list to a just a quartet of players, but it nevertheless is a star-studded group.
The first visitor – U.S. Army All-American safety and Ole Miss commit C.J. Hampton (6-1, 193, 4.4) – arrived in Fayetteville on Thursday morning.
The mid-term graduate is expected to be joined on Friday – weather permitting - by the St. Louis, Mo., Christian Brothers duo of Razorback defensive tackle pledge Armon Watts (6-5, 275) and offensive lineman Brian Wallace (6-6, 300), another U.S. Army All American.
The Razorbacks – whose staff has been on the road recruiting this week in some 12 states and 2 countries and will continue through the end of next week - are also expecting to host a wide receiver currently committed elsewhere.
"It's been a great week for us on the road recruiting," noted Arkansas on-campus recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser. "The reception has been very positive and we have been very progressive in our approach.
"We have made a push with the guys we have at the top of our recruiting board and all have been very receptive about coming to campus for a visit or – if they have already taken an official visit here – telling us that we remain a legitimate option for us," Hauser added.
"It really has helped us get a burst of energy as a group and has us feeling really good as a staff about the way we are going to close," Hauser continued.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema tweeted out the same type of sentiment later Thursday.
"Has been a great couple of days in recruiting in many ways," Bielema tweeted. "Great reception from prospects & coaches all over the country and beyond. #WPS"
The Razorbacks are currently scheduled to host some 20 prospects next week during a week that truly could have a major impact on the program moving forward.
"We are going to have 20 or more," Hauser said. "It's going to be huge. Really big. We are excited about what we are getting accomplished."
The Razorbacks have 17 current pledges in the 2014 recruiting class and plan on signing 26 players with one counting back to the 2013 class.
Getting a visit from Hampton is a positive seeing as how his other official visits so far have been to Ole Miss, Alabama and Florida State and he has also had interest in LSU and Miami.
"I just want to see their campus and see what they have up there," Hampton told Scout.com in an earlier interview. "I have never been up there before and they want me to check it out. They have been talking to my parents a lot. They want me to come up there and see how it feels there."
Hampton, a four-star prospect and the nation's 10th best safety prospect per Scout.com, committed to Ole Miss in June of 2012.
Watts committed to Arkansas this past summer and has remained steadfast in that pledge while Wallace is down to Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri and Iowa.
Wallace will visit Arkansas this weekend and then Alabama Dec. 13-15.
"I go to Arkansas next weekend and Alabama the weekend of the 13th," Wallace told Scout.com. "Then I will make my decision on January 4th during the US Army All-American bowl game."
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